Bang Bang Romeo Announce 2020 UK and European Tour

Bang Bang Romeo Announce 2020 UK and European Tour

Hot off the heels of touring sold-out stadiums with icon P!NK on her record-breaking, 10th highest grossing tour of all time in UK and Europe, Yorkshire trio BANG BANG ROMEO announce their own 16 UK/EU headline dates ‘The Beautiful World Tour’.

The announcement also follows the success of their sold-out headline UK tour (Live Nation/Metropolis) which took in 15 dates up and down the UK to rave reviews. The band are known for their dramatic, theatrical performances and – always wanting to up their game – some dates on the 2020 tour will be seated and feature a string quartet to enrich the already magical quality of their live shows.

Comments the band:
“The Beautiful World Tour feels like the one we’ve been waiting to do since day one… After our last sell out U.K. tour, and now with our Debut album securing a top 10 and a top 40 in the iTunes chart, we’ve never felt more ready to introduce you all to what we’re really about as a band and with this being our first headline venture into Europe, we can’t wait to re-explore the incredible cities and fans we met along the way with P!NK this summer.  Expect to hear our debut album live, new songs, old favourites and of course, expect the unexpected… This is the one.”

Throughout the summer the band impressed many of the world’s top promoters while performing at festivals including Reeperbahn (Germany), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and Foire Aux Vins (France) – all were keen to get Bang Bang Romeo back to perform. In addition to the tour, bookings for 2020 are confirmed for some of the most prestigious festivals in the world including Eurosonic (Netherlands), SXSW (USA) and Mad Cool (Spain).

Overseas their German fan base is growing steadily and their packed out Reeperbahn showcase in Hamburg was testament to this; in addition the German press have been following their progress and International TV appearances have also been forthcoming. The band has been profiled on Welt der Wunder (German TV), RTS La 1ère (Swiss National Radio), 2fm (Ireland National Radio), Face Culture TV (Netherlands). This is in addition to two appearances on Sky TV’s flagship breakfast show ‘Sunrise’ in the UK in June and November.

Their latest single ‘Love Yourself’ is receiving radio play on BBC Radio 2, and Radio X and has streaming playlist support at Apple Music, Amazon and Deezer. The track is a collaboration with global artist Example who has a mammoth 15 UK Top 40 singles to his name, topping the charts with two #1 singles and a #1 album, Won’t Go QuietlyBang Bang Romeo went into the studio with EXAMPLE after meeting him at an event in London and with the chemistry between them all the song came together in a matter of hours.

Bang Bang Romeo released their much-anticipated debut album ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy‘ on 1st November via Better Noise and it went straight into the iTunes Alternative Charts and iTunes Album Charts at #4 and #29 respectively.

Tickets on sale Friday at 9am, from

Tour-dates as follows:
01/04/20          Edinburgh, UK                       Caves
02/04/20          Leeds, UK                              City Varieties (seated with strings)
03/04/20          Sheffield, UK                         Leadmill
09/04/20          Manchester, UK                   Gorilla
10/04/20          London, UK                           Bush Hall (seated with strings)
14/04/20          Vienna, Austria                    Das Werk
15/04/20          Zürich, Switzerland             Exil
16/04/20          Munich, Germany                Milla
18/04/20          Cologne, Germany              Helios 37
20/04/20          Berlin, Germany                   Privatclub
21/04/20          Hamburg, Germany             HeadCRASH
22/04/20          Amsterdam, Holland                       Melkweg
23/04/20          Antwerp, Belgium               Trix Bar
25/04/20          Paris, France                                    Nouveau Casino
30/04/20          Dublin, Ireland                      Whelans
01/05/20          Belfast, N. Ireland                McHughs

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Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund welcomed to the London Stock Exchange

Hipgnosis Songs Fund was today welcomed to the London Stock Exchange to celebrate its successful admission to the Premium Segment of the Official List and on the completion of four equity fundraises since its launch in June 2018. Founded by Merck Mercuriadis, Hipgnosis Songs Fund allows investors to benefit from all the revenue streams that songs deliver from streaming to being used on TV, ads and movies. 
Since IPO the Company has raised over £625 million of equity capital and has acquired some of the most culturally important and successful songs released over the last 50 years. This includes songs performed by globally successful artists including: Journey,  Eurythmics, Shaun Mendes, Camilla Cabello, Maroon 5, Al Green, Booker T & The MG’s, Rudimental, Jess Glynne, One Direction, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Chic, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Sia, David Guetta, Michael Jackson and Santana.

Merck Mercuriadis commented: “Nile Rodgers and I are honoured to be have been invited back to the London Stock Exchange to celebrate Hipgnosis’ continuing success as a listed fund, and its migration to the Premium Segment. I started Hipgnosis to give the investment community access to the predictable and reliable revenues generated by proven songs. Proven songs are the currency on which the music industry trades and I’m delighted they now have an opportunity to provide excellent returns for our investors. It has never been more important for investors to have uncorrelated opportunities and it’s exciting to have established SONGS as an asset class that is comparable to gold and oil. I am very grateful for all the support from our shareholders who have backed us with over £625 million raised in the 16 months since launch. We have acquired some of the most culturally important songs of all time and lined up the finest available song catalogues for deploying the capital raised over the summer”.




Mongolian rock sensation THE HU, who released their debut album THE GEREG via Better Noise Music back in September, are touring throughout Europe early next year. Many of these dates taking place across the UK and Europe in January and February 2020 have now sold out, with tickets selling fast for the remaining dates.

Having achieved phenomenal success with three videos that combined have over 45million views to date—”Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu” and the latest, “The Great Chinggis Khaan—the band garnered viral success and also have achieved international critical acclaim.

They’ve also got themselves a famous fan with Elton John recently playing them and raving about the band on his Rocket Hour, Beats 1 radio show. Playing ‘Yuve Yuve Yu’ Elton commented, “You know I’m crazy about a Mongolian band called The Hu – it’s just the greatest new thing I’ve heard in a long-time, they use traditional Mongolian instruments… it’s absolutely fantastic.”   

Other critical acclaim for THE HU: 

“[The HU] are not just taking elements from Western music,” observed NPR back in January 2019. “Instead, they’re using some of these elements and making their own authentic music. So it’s not rock music performed by Mongolians. It’s Mongolian rock music.”

“The songs on The Gereg range from Western-style rock anthem ‘Shoog Shoog’ to the pastoral tranquility of “Shireg Shireg” to the bold, almost bluesy swagger of ‘Yuve Yuve Yu.’”
–Bryan Reesman, Billboard

“The HU wound up with nine cinematic songs that seamlessly meld their influences, often highlighting the areas where the two overlap… Given the global platform they earned via YouTube, The HU have an entire nation rooting for them with The Gereg.”
— Kelsey Chapstick, Revolver

“…this album is great because the tracks provide a historical glimpse of a country some people may not know about. The Hu is on tour and hopefully, people will learn more about the band while listening to live cultural music.”
–Cait Stoddard, MXDWN

“You know when you find an artist you’re so enraptured and excited about that you want to tell anyone and everyone who’ll listen about them? That’s how I feel right now about The HU.”
 –The Independent

“Hunnu rock has undoubtedly captured a global audience, spreading their transcultural sound across borders.” 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, January 16, 2020 – Aarhus, Denmark
Saturday, January 18, 2020 Oslo, Norway*SOLD OUT*
Sunday, January 19, 2020 Stockholm, Sweden
Monday, January 20, 2020 Gothenburg, Sweden
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Berlin, Germany
Friday, January 24, 2020 Wroclaw, Poland
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Warsaw, Poland
Monday, January 27, 2020 Prague, Czech Republic
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Vienna, Austria, January 30, 2020 Munich, Germany, January 31, 2020 Zurich, Switzerland
Sunday, February 02, 2020 Cologne, Germany
Monday, February 03, 2020 Paris, France
Wednesday, February 05, 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thursday, February 06, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium
Saturday, February 08, 2020 Brighton, United Kingdom
Monday, February 10, 2020 Bristol, United Kingdom
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 London, United Kingdom*SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Manchester, United Kingdom
Friday, February 14, 2020 Glasgow, United Kingdom*SOLD OUT*
Saturday, February 15, 2020 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sunday, February 16, 2020 Dublin, Ireland*SOLD OUT*

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One Shot: The Making Of The Deer Hunter

One Shot: The Making Of The Deer Hunter

One Shot: The Making Of The Deer Hunter

2019 marks forty years since the UK release of a cinematic masterpiece The Deer Hunter; a film that defied odds and changed the face of filmmaking history. Featuring a stellar cast (Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, John Cazale and John Savage) and directed by Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter was one of the earliest Hollywood films to process the traumatic memories of the Vietnam war.

This is an award-winning piece of cinema that still chimes with a global audience and is passed down through the generations as a rite of passage. This year, a limited-edition hardback One Shot: The Making Of The Deer Hunter will be released by Coattail Publications on 9th December in celebration of this iconic film.

Written by film enthusiast and The Deer Hunter expert, Jay Glennie, this precious book features exclusive interviews from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, John Savage, among others, plus a collection of extraordinary archives and a treasure trove of preproduction materials; original script with denotations, unseen photographs, early posters and adverts, cast contracts, costume lists, letters, scouting reports, budgets, De Niro’s research books and much more.

The road to making this invaluable book began when Glennie, having always been a De Niro enthusiast, fought to get in contact with him about the project in 2018. Glennie is undoubtedly a cinema expert, having written a previous behind-the-scenes book about the cult classic Performance starring Mick Jagger and James Fox. Performance – The Making of a Classic (December 2018) is the last word on this counterculture classic, dissecting the background and development of the film in great detail. As with his previous endeavour, Glennie’s passion and enthusiasm for the book rang true with its protagonist. Glennie and De Niro met in February 2018 and the project flourished.

Glennie said of his reason for making the book, “First and foremost I am a huge Robert De Niro fan. His films were, and are, my holy grail growing up… The Deer Hunter was a particular favourite of mine from Bob’s early films. I knew of the controversy of the politics and also regarding the length of the film but it wasn’t until I began to interview the producers that I understood the making of the film had been almost as bloody as the actions depicted on the screen – I knew there was a bigger story to tell. Knowing that it was forty years since the film was awarded the Best Picture Oscar it seemed the right time to explore a book on the film, in particular a large format book festooned with imagery.”         

There was an instant mutual respect and understanding between the pair. De Niro became emotionally invested in the project. The famous recluse amazingly gave Glennie unparalleled access, throwing open the doors to his incredible archives. The book even includes De Niro’s annotated scripts and images of his ‘I survived The Deer Hunter’ medal, awarded to him and the cast by producer John Peverall.

 “I always felt that The Deer Hunter was going to be a good movie; otherwise I wouldn’t have done it. It had its flaws, but there was something very special about it. I responded to Mike, I responded to his passion and how serious he was about the film and that is the same reason I responded to you and your book. 

I just knew that you were going to do such a great job, and that you care so much and I am very impressed with that. I saw right away that you were serious and knowing how hard you are working at producing this book makes me want to talk to you and it would be the same for Meryl, Chris, John, all of us.” – Robert De Niro

The timely book release couldn’t be more topical; De Niro is widely recognised as being one of the greatest living actors who remains in the spotlight. His recent anticipated movie The Irishman was released this month and won the praise of the critics once again.  

Plus, forty years on from The Deer Hunter’s creation, the under-current of the film is a bitterly divided America which has many parallels with today. First released in December 1978, the film tells the story of a trio of steelworkers and how their lives were changed irreparably by their Vietnam war experience. The film was critically acclaimed and nominated for an incredible nine Academy Awards, five of which it won, and was a big commercial success, grossing US $49 million – an extraordinary figure for a film released in that era.   

The cast remain close friends and have since had numerous reunions for other film roles. The love and loyalty is still apparent between them and this is reflected in process of making the book. De Niro’s involvement encouraged others such as Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken. Now, the film that moved a generation can be enjoyed in the form of a beautifully made hardback.

Making the perfect collector’s item and festive gift, One Shot: The Making Of The Deer Hunter will be released 9th December and is available to pre-order now, visit The book is limited-edition, only 1979 copies will be printed.

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Naomi Campbell is launching her exclusive Fashion For Relief charity pop-up store in Westfield London ahead of the festive season to raise funds for education and employability programmes for young people. The designer pop-up will stock bespoke and limited-edition pieces donated by the global fashion brands, Naomi’s celebrity friends, as well as items from her own wardrobe. 

The Fashion For Relief pop-up store, located at the heart of Westfield London – The Atrium, will be open to the public from Wednesday 27 November until Sunday 8 December. This is Naomi’s fourth Fashion For Relief pop-up store with Westfield London – with the first one opening its doors 10 years ago. Coveted items on sale which include bespoke Alexander McQueen T-shirts, CHROME HEARTS Fashion For Relief silk scarves, as well as fashion pieces by Gucci, Alaïa, Vivienne Westwood, and more.

Visitors will not only be able to shop the best fashion pieces, but throughout the week, a host of activities will take place at the pop-up including presentations from up and coming designers.

Founded by Naomi in 2005, Fashion For Relief has raised millions for disaster relief and humanitarian causes around the world. The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of those living in adversity by uniting the fashion industry as a force for good. The focus of this year’s Fashion For Relief fundraiser is on education and employability programs, including the Mayor’s Fund for London. This is also a key focus for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield centres which supports a number of employment and training schemes for Londoners and currently generate 32,000 jobs in the capital.

Naomi Campbell said: “It’s truly a pleasure to be partnering with Westfield London again to launch our fourth Fashion For Relief designer pop-up store. This is a unique opportunity for everyone to get their hands on some really special fashion pieces at accessible prices. Whether you are shopping for Christmas presents or just treating yourself, you can do so here knowing that the money is going to help improve the futures of young Londoners.”

Myf Ryan, CMO Europe and Group Director of Brand and Strategic Marketing for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Naomi Campbell and her Fashion For Relief charity for the fourth time, to support the worthy causes that are helping so many people’s lives. We have seen great success with the previous Fashion For Relief pop-up shops, in 2014 we raised £65,000 and the entire store sold out in seven days, This year, the designer store will be bigger and better with hundreds of designer pieces on sale, and a great schedule of interactive events to give shoppers an amazing instore experience whilst purchasing the perfect festive party dress or Christmas present for their loved one. All in the name of a great cause.”

Kirsty McHugh, CEO of Mayor’s Fund for London, said: “I am delighted that Fashion for Relief is partnering with the Mayor’s Fund for London for the launch of its pop-up shop in Westfield London.  Not only does this promise to be a great event, but it will raise vital funds to support young Londoners from low income backgrounds gain the practical help, skills and confidence to build great careers.”

The British Fashion Council will be honouring Naomi with the Fashion Icon Award at The Fashion Awards 2019, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 2 December. The award is in recognition of her incredible contribution to the fashion industry, her world-renowned career as a supermodel, as well as her philanthropic work with charities, and incredible efforts in creating a more diverse and equal future.  

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MOBO is back with a new awards show for a new decade. The biggest global celebration of black music and culture will take place on 12 November 2020 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London’s borough of Brent. Tickets for what promises to be the most memorable show in history go on sale today. 

The eagerly awaited ceremony will feature the world’s best known artists being celebrated as only MOBO can. It will include some of the world’s hottest new acts and stage the unforgettable history-making performances that we have come to know and love from the brand.

Arena ticket holders and VIP guests for the event, which over the years has seen memorable performances from British stars Sade, Amy Winehouse and Stormzy as well as international artists P. Diddy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, are set to be treated to some special homages and will also see MOBO associated talent curate elements of the show.

This is an exciting new era for the iconic awards show, which has established itself as a commanding staple within the music industry over the past two decades, remaining the premier platform for championing the very best in black music and black culture globally. Led by dynamic and inspirational founder and CEO Kanya King CBE, MOBO is returning for what is an exciting new era in its evolution.

And what better place to kick off this new chapter than Brent, London’s 2020 Borough of Culture, which today unveils its programme of exciting events for the next 12 months. It is also where Kanya grew up and developed the ground-breaking platform over two decades ago.

Kanya King said: “We felt empowered to bring MOBO back to Brent to coincide with the borough’s Year of Culture because this is where our fight to challenge the status quo to create a level playing field started. We are returning with even more determination and energy to support and boost our culture wherever we can. 2020 will see many positive changes that will impact more and more talented young people – very proud to be back and to help ensure that the younger generation will also dare to dream.”

MOBO as a brand has always been driven by cause, culture, creativity and community with a strong purpose to showcase diversity and inclusion by giving a platform and voice to the under-estimated and under-represented. MOBO will continue to emerge as a global leader in black culture, music culture and the youth culture space across events, broadcast, social, online, digital and commerce, which will include partnerships with globally recognised brands – to be revealed in January – to deliver world class experiences, compelling content and stellar cultural leadership. 

As well as the awards, a few other exciting initiatives to look forward to from the renewed MOBO brand throughout 2020 include:

MOBO Help Musicians UK: A co-operation between MOBO Trust, the charitable arm of MOBO, and Help Musicians UK now in its 3rd year of funding to continue and build upon the support of diverse musical styles and artists from primarily underrepresented backgrounds.

Leadership Summit:  An invite only high-level two-day event that will bring together key leaders from sectors right across society  to create a world class environment where participants can be connected, champion each other and promote leadership and skill development.

MOBO’s UnSung Talent Competition: A talent development programme supported by PRS Foundation with the last round supported by Craig David, Carla-Marie Williams, Lurine Cato and Tileyard Music.

MOBO Impact

No one can deny the impact that MOBO has had on shaping the landscape and breaking down barriers for black music and culture to thrive in Britain in the prominent way it does today. Since 1996, it has provided a unique showcase and a much-needed spotlight for black artists from across the world to shine, when no one else was doing it. For MOBO, black music and culture aren’t just a trend. It’s for life.  Before the British mainstream was widely celebrating new iconic artists such as Mary J Blige, Jay-Z, Beyoncé – as part of Destiny’s Child – Rihanna and Cardi B, MOBO was giving them the stage to share their amazing talents with Britain and beyond. 

MOBO was also leading the way as a thorough and mainstay champion of British musical talent in particular and since day one has given unparalleled recognition to key music scenes and genres such as RnB, Soul, Jungle, UK Garage, UK Hip Hop, Gospel, Reggae/Ragga, Grime and Afrobeat. 

It is also without a doubt the place where artists came to make the statement ‘We are here!’ when they hit the stage and where moments are made and secured in music history. Who could forget UK garage pioneers So Solid Crew’s 2001 show-opening performance of their number one hit 21 Seconds, which saw the collective’s 30-strong members individually entering the stage to each deliver their verse with the last two, Harvey and Romeo, descending from the sky literally attached to a harness. Or Kano performing his breakout hit Typical Me in front of an innovative backdrop of the outside of a nightclub with young party goers trying to get in, for which he later received a shout out from hip hop legend and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. And pop princess Jamelia showed us what she was worth via her expensive performance of her top 5 hit Money, which saw her and the song’s guest artist Beanie Man team up for a musical extravaganza of an onstage collaboration not likely to be seen anywhere else.

Sade, Jamiroquai, Amy Winehouse, Craig David, Lethal B, Ms Dynamite, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah, Lemar, Corine Bailey-Rae, Estelle, Mis-Teeq, Krept and Konan, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and Stormzy are just some of the additional British talent who have been notably supported, championed and been given a platform by MOBO over the years.


Today MOBO remains a 21st century media, entertainment and culture company whose mission is to bring people together through the power of black culture. MOBO believes black Culture is FOR ALL OF US, be it creators, originators, consumers and imitators. From those who make it, to those who are moved by it. 2020 is set to be an incredible next chapter for MOBO with lots of wonderful surprises and ground-breaking moments, which is well in line with what this trailblazing organisation has built its name upon. Join us for the ride.

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Tiny Boost announces his full length project ‘Street Dreams’

Tiny Boost announces his full length project ‘Street Dreams’

Tiny Boost announces his full length project ‘Street Dreams’ 

One of Peckham’s most respected lyricists and part of Giggs’ SN1 (Spare No 1) crew Tiny Boost is proud to announce his highly anticipated forthcoming full length project ‘Street Dreams’ – released on 22nd November 2019 

Marking his comeback in the face of adversity with his 2nd album after 8-years away in prison, ‘Street Dreams’, showcases his mature, fine-tuning delivery and straight-talking, no nonsense lyrics that has accumulated in his title as the face of road rap. Features on the mixtape include Giggs, Snap Capone, PS & Kwengface and Baby.

It also comes with the announcement that he will be joining the Landlord Giggs on his UK tour which kicks off on November 25th, finishing on Friday 6th December at the SSE Arena Wembley.

Tiny Boost’s legacy and respect in the music scene has remained strong even after his hiatus. Starting out in PYG, Giggs took him under his wing with the pair working together on a collaborative joint mixtape in 2009 ‘Who Said Dat’, with Boost also featuring on Giggs’ 07 mixtape ‘Welcome To Boomzville’. 

Perfecting his craft with every release, Tiny Boost shows his lyrical skill and extraordinary way of delivery full of street heat in ‘Burner In The Ride’. The movie/video begins with dialogue from ‘Menace II Society’ matching the intense and explosive bars with a fiery red set across a dark backdrop giving off a menacing feel. The minimal, tight yet punchy production offers the perfect backdrop for Tiny’s signature flow to sit front and centre of.

Tiny Boost is taking no prisoners with ‘Street Dreams’ and will take his place on the throne in the UK rap scene.

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Photo (c) 2019 David Bergman for Sony Records Nashville — Luke Combs photo shoot near Nashville, TN on May 1, 2019.


Next Wednesday, November 13, starting at 1pm GMT, MelodyVR, the premiere virtual reality music platform will broadcast live from the heart of Nashville during ABC’s broadcast of Good Morning America

Transmitted from Music City’s iconic Wildhorse Saloon, MelodyVR users will get a unique look at Country Music Association Award nominees Luke Combs and Maddie and Tae, as well as country music legends Trisha Yearwood and Trace Adkins during their appearance on Good Morning America


A global audience will be able to experience America’s most-watched morning show in full immersive 360-degree virtual reality on their smartphones via the MelodyVR app, downloadable from the iOs, Google Play and Oculus app stores (or via this link

Thanks to MelodyVR’s groundbreaking live-stream VR technology, country music fans from across the world will be able to experience the program up close in full immersive virtual reality.  

By selecting different Jump Spots — a function that is unique to the MelodyVR platform — viewers can choose their location within the saloon, getting them incredibly close to their music heroes. MelodyVR will also give users a rare glimpse of their favourite country stars behind the scenes.

“I don’t know if you want me in your living room, but if you do, we made that happen,” says double award nominee Luke Combs. “It’s so cool that people around the world can get up close to the show in Nashville with MelodyVR and Good Morning America. CMA Awards day will be so exciting for me after one hell of a year, and being able to share that moment with my fans in VR is real special.”

MelodyVR has already proven itself to be a firm favourite of country music fans over the last year, with exclusive virtual reality performances from the likes of CMA nominees Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, and Midland, as well as Kelly Clarkson and Hunter Hayes available on the platform.

Anthony Matchett, CEO of MelodyVR says: “We are delighted to be working with the ABC and Good Morning America team again, after recently partnering with them to broadcast Marshmello and Kane Brown in virtual reality during the renowned Summer Concert Series to fans across 15 countries. It’s great to be right at the heart of the action during the biggest day in the country music calendar, and it’s a privilege to allow fans around the world to feel as though they’re right here in Nashville, as award excitement builds.”



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Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, co-founders of legendary music management company Modest! Management, tonight became the first music managers to receive the highly prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award. Richard and Harry have between them spearheaded the careers of many successful artists across a four-decade timespan.

The annual awards dinner was hosted by pop music’s favourite couple Rochelle and Marvin Humes, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, with legendary British film maker Richard Curtis presenting the award.

During the evening, the audience enjoyed performances by Katherine Jenkins, Alexis Ffench, Niall Horan, Olly Murs and Alison Moyet, who are all represented by Modest!Niall Horan sang his latest single, “Nice To Meet Ya”, followed by a stand-out performance of his biggest hit, “Slow Hands”, with fellow X-Factor alumni and pop sensation Olly Murs.

A tribute film featuring contributions from such music icons as Little Mix, last year’s MIT awards honouree Emma BanksHarry Styles and Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne demonstrated the incredible contribution Richard and Harry have made to the music industry.

Attendees on the night included Niall Horan, Olly Murs, Katherine Jenkins, Alexis Ffrench, Alison Moyet, Rochelle and Marvin Humes, MNEK, Ironik, George Cosby, Mae Muller, Dylan, Miloš Karadaglić, Jamie Scott and Guy Barker.

Richard and Harry follow last year’s honouree Emma Banks and join the ranks of previous recipients including Kylie Minogue OBESir Lucian GraingeAhmet ErtegunSimon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBERob Stringer and Annie Lennox OBE.

Celebrating its 28th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is consistently recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to support worthy causes year after year. The MITs Award supports two key charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins.

In a remarkable career which has ranged across live music, music publishing, record labels and artist management, Richard Griffiths has worked with generationdefining talent in every genre and stars at every level, including AC/DC, Ultravox, Jane’s Addiction, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Westlife, Enrique Iglesias and Linkin Park.

Similarly, in a career spanning music retail and music publishing as well as both independent and major labels, Harry Magee has worked with and for a succession of top British and American stars. Among them are Berlin, Lisa Stansfield, Whitney Houston, Yazz, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Westlife, Eurythmics and Foo Fighters.

With Griffiths returning to the UK and Magee leaving BMG, Modest! was formed in 2003. Perhaps its most successful year came in 2010 when Richard, Harry and the team started work with pop phenomenon One Direction. Brought together on the X Factor, and relatively unknown at the time, they came third, but went on to reach unprecedented international heights, selling over 75 million albums, playing worldwide sell-out stadium tours and breaking industry records in the process.

Modest! still represent Niall Horan and were at the helm of introducing his smash debut solo album Flicker in 2017, with them gearing up for the release of his upcoming sophomore album.

Over the years Modest! have also been involved in many charity events, directly raising over £4m in the process. These include The Horan & Rose Event which has raised over £1.5m, Cheryl’s Trust raising £1m, The JLS Foundation raising £500k and One Direction raising over £1m in a single campaign. Indirectly, with their artists taking a significant part in other charity campaigns including Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Teenage Cancer Trust and Children in Need, this figure reaches several more millions of pounds.

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Kew the Music announce James Blunt, Will Young, James Morrison and more as headliners for 2020!

Kew the Music announce James Blunt, Will Young, James Morrison and more as headliners for 2020!

Kew the Music announce James Blunt, Will Young, James Morrison and more as headliners for 2020!

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is delighted to announce the first four headliners for Kew the Music2020. Opening the annual summer fest is the iconic James Blunt, 8 July and the captivating Jack Savoretti joins us on 9 July. He is followed by the debut co-headline of Will Young + James Morrison, 10 July and the festival will be closed by the all-singing, all-dancing Gipsy Kings on 12 July. Further acts for 7 and 11 July are to be announced.  Tickets go on sale Friday 8 November, 10am for this unmissable summer staple.

James Blunt – 8 July
The five-time Grammy nominated and multiple BRIT award winning artist James Blunt is no stranger to festival spotlight and will the wow crowds at Kew the Music in July. After numerous successes since his debut ‘Back to Bedlam’ in 2004, the record that brought us You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover, James returned in October 2019 with ‘Once Upon A Mind’. The record has a warmth that permeates the entirety and a real sense of personality. Well known for his wit and charm, James has sold over 23 million albums and is a definite must-see live.

“I am so pleased to have been asked to perform at the Kew The Music festival in 2020.  It’s an honour to be performing at Kew Gardens, and I hope that people come out to what I promise will be a really fun day!”  – James Blunt

Jack Savoretti – 9 July
Jack has enjoyed a slow burn success, back in 2006 he was spotted by Corinne Bailey Rae and invited to join her on her European tour. By 2015, his fourth album ‘Written in Scars’ was catapulted into the upper reaches of the charts. In 2018 he dueted with Kylie Minogue on ‘Golden’ and this year, the husky voiced singer has moved from strength to strength, making 2019 his biggest year yet.  His latest No 1 album ‘Singing to Strangers’ includes work with legendary Bob Dylan and this headline slot is a great addition to his long list of well earned achievements.

“It is an incredible honour to be able to perform in such a unique and beautiful venue. It is really one of a kind and hard to think of a better place to perform a summertime show in London.”  – Jack Savoretti

Will Young + James Morrison – 10 July
Having recently released the infectious summer anthem My Love from his latest album ‘Lexicon’, Will Young is back stronger than ever. With an impressive résumé including the biggest single of the noughties with ‘Anything is Possible/Evergreen’, two BRIT awards and four No 1 albums, homegrown favourite Will Young is a seasoned pop star worth watching.

Boasting a devoted following, 7 million album sales and a BRIT award, James Morrison co-headlines Kew the Music’s Friday night slot. His five Top 10 singles all rank among the biggest of their era, including the breakthrough smashes ‘You Give Me Something’ and ‘Wonderful World’. Bringing a gritty performance style and world-class songwriting, the ‘once-in-a-generation’ voice has returned to music with an honest but triumphant new project. His new single ‘So Beautiful’ has already amassed more than six million listens on Spotify.

“Fantastic to be playing with James Morrison in one of my favourite spots in London, it’s all gardening and singing in my life, so Kew the Music is the perfect show for me!”– Will Young

“For the last 20 years, Will has been at the forefront of British popular culture. That’s a massive achievement. I think our sets will complement each other in a special way and I’m really looking forward to our show together. It’ll be a great night out!”– James Morrison

Gipsy Kings – 12 July
With little need of introduction, party favourites and spectacular performers, Gipsy Kings will close Kew the Music 2020. One of the most successful Spanish language bands of the last 40 years with their 1989 self-titled album spending 40 weeks on the US charts and their top 5 songs amassing over 160million listens on Spotify. Known for their infectious tunes and jubilant performances, this combination has kept them consistently in demand for over four decades.

“We can’t wait until we come back to Kew. It has been two years and it is one of our favourite venues to play. Get ready for a fiesta!”-The Gipsy Kings

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink, or to enjoy refreshments at the open-air bars and tasty street food stalls. For music lovers of all generations, a sensational summer awaits.

For exclusive BBQ/VIP Hospitality dining experiences visit  Ready-made Picnic Hampers are available to collect on the night.

Tickets and booking information:
General On sale 10am Fri 8th November
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Tickets from £47.00. Booking fees apply.
24-hour ticket hotline: 0844 871 8803 or book online at
Discount for children aged 1-16 (inclusive) is £18.
Under 12 months free entry and no ticket required.
Disabled tickets: Carer goes free.

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25 October 2019 – Remastered CD and LP
28 February 2020 – Super Deluxe

Back To Earth is set to be reissued on Cat-O-Log Records/BMG and includes a deluxe boxset featuring the original album (remastered at Abbey Road) together with previously unheard tracks ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Toy Heart’ (featuring Grammy winning guitarist, Eric Johnson) which were considered by Cat as too ‘pop’ at the time; demos, out-takes tracks, and material from UNICEF’s 1979 Year Of The Child concert, the singer’s then historic last live performance as Cat Stevens.

** Listen to Toy Heart HERE**

In 1978, legendary musician Cat Stevens would make the seemingly shocking decision to abandon the rock star lifestyle and walk away. However, rather than leaving his legions of fans empty handed, he would instead write his final album Back To Earth, as a parting farewell, using tracks such as ‘Last Love Song’ and ‘Just Another Night’ to help explain his decision to depart.

Back To Earth was considered a return to form, receiving rave reviews and reuniting Stevens with Paul Samwell-Smith, the producer of his landmark, multi-platinum albums Tea For The Tillerman (1970) and Teaser And The Firecat (1971), as well as continuing his creative partnership with long-time guitarist Alun Davies.

The central theme of the album was one of transition with the title Back To Earth symbolising not only his abandonment of fame, but a tipping point for humanitarian and ecological concerns. In ‘New York Times’ (a song Cat wrote based on stories he read in The New York Times), from Back To Earth, the singer can clearly be heard already railing against one of the ongoing issues of our modern age – air pollution: “Cars choking your child to death/But you don’t wanna see.”

Ultimately, all of these strands, past and present, pull together the very core of Back To Earth, an album which remains to this day, a still incredibly relevant and fascinating piece that captures Yusuf/Cat Stevens at a defining point in his life.




Today, 1st November, The UK’s hottest rising trio Bang Bang Romeo have released their anticipated debut album ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy. ‘ They have also unveiled a lyric video for the track “You Scared The Love Out Of Me”
The Doncaster-based band invite you to join them on a wonder-filled journey through their own sonic world via their debut release “A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy”.
Melding sound from powerful soulful blues, to riffing rock, to delicate vulnerable pop ballads and stomping rock and roll Bang Bang Romeo leave no territory untouched with their invasion onto the music scene. Their debut album mixes drama and dark euphoria, with stratospheric cinematic tunes.  
“As the album is a journey in itself, ‘You Scared The Love Out Of Me’ drops you off at a haunted house in our minds,” comments the band.  “ There’s definitely a vacancy just for you. This one song sums up what we’re all about and gives a great insight to where the album will take you. Lyrically, we turn our hearts into a haunted hotel, and the ‘lover’ is the ghoul that haunts the hallways.  It’s about that love that we’re still haunted by, the one that went wrong that we still bare scars from. “It’s not the dark that you’re a afraid of, it’s what’s IN the dark that scares you”, this is something that my partner said to me once and it always stuck, and the same can be said about love. It’s our Tim Burton-esque Hotel California.”
The track “You Scared The Love Out Of Me” is a trip to the deepest depths of the bands cosmos, the twisted fairy tale of the album, the band were influenced by Tim Burton and ghost stories of real life. The lyric video for the track can be seen at
Bang Bang Romeo are Allen Kovac’s first UK signing to Better Noise Music.  Recorded in Birmingham, New York and Los Angeles, the band have worked with a roster of industry heavyweights on ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy’, including producers and co-writers Nick Furlong (Avicii, All Time Low), American Authors guitarist James Shelley and his production partner Michel Heyaca (Tinashe, Nick Jonas), New York’s Heavy (Goo Goo Dolls), and the UK’s Red Line Music team. Meanwhile, the record has been mixed by Grammy winner Mark Needham (The Killers, The 1975), and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Arctic Monkeys, Beastie Boys, The Clash).
This year has seen the trio building up their BBRMY fan base, with fans of all sizes, shapes and orientations.  LGBT pride and Body Positivity are promoted within the ranks of their fandom, with “sexy doesn’t have a size” emblazoned on the band’s merchandise.  Though drummer, Rich Gartland, broke his foot at the Birmingham show of the band’s sold-out tour, the show will go on (except for the Belfast and Dublin shows, that will be rescheduled for a later date).
Releasing singles, performing stadium shows throughout UK and Europe supporting pop icon P!nk, and performing on stages across the European festivals scene including a highlight performance at Isle of Wight Festival, Bang Bang Romeointends to stay busy.  They have just finished their own UK-wide headline tour and are looking toward the future.
The artwork was designed by Gartland who bought the band’s concept to life with a stunning celestial scene which nods to each song on the record.  “ Since day one we’ve drawn, designed, created all of our single artworks, and with our debut we really wanted to continue that and show our artistic desires not just in music, but in design too. Ever wondered what a song would look like if it was a place? There’s little “Easter Eggs” hidden in there, with nods to things that link to us, and things in our lives that influenced the writing of the songs,” explains Rich.

Front-woman Anastasia ‘Stars’ Walker commented on the album, “We would like to invite you to the first stop in our universe. To worlds of runaways and natural born astronauts. To favourite bad decisions under blood red skies, star crossed species and hurricanes gunning for war. The adventure begins” 
Track listing for ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy’:

  1. Intro
  2. Cemetery
  3. Shame on You
  4. Bag of Bones
  5. Chemical
  6. Adore Me
  7. You & I
  8. Invitation
  9. You Scared The Love Out of Me
  10. Runaway
  11. Over My Dead Body
  12. Natural Born Astronaut
  13. Love Yourself feat. Example
  14. Outro

       Bonus track: Beautiful World

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On October 28th, Notting Hill Arts Club (NHAC) will announce its latest venture, Notting Hill Arts Club Recordings.

Building on the venue’s extensive background of supporting rising artists, NHACR will provide the platform for the next generation of musicians to kickstart their careers. In a climate where UK nightlife is seeing club closures on weekly basis, NHAC is not only defying this notion, it is helping to produce the very talent to keep our industry thriving.

Heading up the label will be Ewan Grant, Chief Operating Officer at the Notting Hill Academy Of Music, Relentless Records and the Notting Hill Arts Club. “Starting the label seemed like a natural progression for the business”, commented Ewan. “Over the years we have had some really special acts come through our doors at the early stages of their careers, and as we are all heavily invested in quality music across the businesses, it seemed the right time to set up the label and put out music that we can add value to and that we have a passion and love for.”

He’ll be joined alongside Shabs Jobanputra, MD of Relentless Records and founder of the Academy. He said, “The closure of so many key venues over the years has seen a need to adapt and diversify the core business model. With the label, the venue and the academy, we see this as a massive win-win for artists, employees and students.”

The first bands signed to the label are Grimm Twins, Birthday Card and Jesse Wong. Grimm Twins (who will be the label’s first release on November 15, distributed via The Orchard) hail from Macclesfield and stunned the NHAC crowd earlier this year with their charged performance. All three of the bands will be performing at a special launch event at the Arts Club on November 13th.

Notting Hill Arts Club sits as one of London’s most important and historic clubbing institutions. The West London independent music venue has hosted countless global stars such as Ed Sheeran, The Libertines, Lily Allen, Mark Ronson and more. Crucially, for many of these artists, their performance came at the start of their career, highlighting the venue’s longstanding commitment to championing new talent.

In recent years, the Notting Hill Academy of Music was formed – a vocational music business school offering courses for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. This has been a fantastic success with various alumni now working in roles across the music industry – from A&Rs at major labels to artist management.

The label is now the next phase in its exciting journey. 

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Vérité on the meaning behind the album said, “New Skin is about the middle. It’s the messy and uncomfortable and mundane reality of being in relationship that I feel like no one talks about. It’s about the nuance of love in all of its unflattering angles and complexity. This record is my internal dialogue from the last two years trying to find meaning while loving someone the best I could. This record is about commitment.”

Vérité recently dropped album track “Think of Me” which garnered over 100k streams in just 24 hours. The song was written by Vérité with Madi Diaz and Konrad Snyder, who also produced alongside Zach Nicita. Click HERE to listen and watch the lyric video!

Last month, Vérité dropped track and music video “Good For It”. The song followed on the heels of “Youth,” the second track released off her forthcoming album. The song was written by the artist in collaboration with Andrew Maury (Lewis Del Mar, Shawn Mendes, RAC) and Zach Nicita (Anne-Marie, Louis The Child, MS MR), who also produced.

Vérité returned this summer with the release of “Gone,” her first single in two years. Co-written and produced by singer-songwriter Madi Diaz and Konrad Snyder, the song reintroduced the musician, capturing the devastating effects of something ending. Carried by haunting crescendos and Vérité’s powerhouse vocals, the track sees the singer pleading for time to stand still for a little while longer before her world turns upside down. The video features stunning visuals with the backdrop of Ojai, CA and was directed by Charlie Manton. Click HERE to watch!

In addition, Vérité is set to open for X Ambassadors on their headlining North American tour this autumn.


1.New Skin

2.Good For It



5.Body In My Bed



8.Think of Me









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Watch/stream ‘Faith here:

World-renowned, Grammy-nominated hitmakers Galantis have joined forces with legendary country music star Dolly Parton on their uplifting new single ‘Faith’, featuring Dutch singer-songwriter Mr Probz. Stream here

The explosive collaboration arrives with a feel-good music video directed by Dano Cerny, which sees Dolly take the wheel for a dance-packed bus ride to remember. Galantis recently appeared on The World’s Biggest Dance Show, hosted by BBC Radio 1 and syndicated across seven countries, to tease ‘Faith’ to an audience of over 18 million listeners. The duo also announced their forthcoming, third studio album “Church”, due for early 2020. The eagerly-anticipated album follows 2015’s “Pharmacy” and 2017’s “The Aviary”, which featured the platinum-selling Top 5 hit ‘No Money’

Centred around a classic John Hiatt lyric, ‘Faith’ is an uplifting call for unity and hope, bundled in Galantis’ signature euphoric production. After an unexpectedly long-shot call to Dolly, which resulted in her saying ‘yes’ to the collaboration, Christian Karlsson immediately flew out to Nashville to cut the vocals in person with the legend herself. 

On working with Dolly Parton, Christian said: “As a songwriter, I’ve always had such incredible respect for her work – and as ‘Faith’ and the message behind it started to take form, we just thought if there was ever a song to send to her, this would be it.”

Linus Eklöw added, “She has always been one of our biggest dream collaborations. We were so happy to have her bring her signature touch to the lyrics and have such a real collaborative experience with her.”

The past year has seen Galantis drop a steady string of singles, which amounted to the duo now having over 3 billion cumulative worldwide streams42 platinum records in over 18 countries, and over 1 billion video views to date.

Known for setting a new standard for songwriting in dance music, Galantis now look ahead with greater purpose for their forthcoming album “Church”. “It’s important for us to have meaning behind our music,” they said. “Our album “Church” doesn’t necessarily refer to a building or specific religion, but instead to people banded together in similar belief for a better humanity. Whether it’s advocating peace, change, or just lifting each other up – that is our ‘Faith’ and ‘Church’”.

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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have announced a Spring 2020 European and UK tour.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have announced a Spring 2020 European and UK tour.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have announced a Spring 2020 European and UK tour.
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest live acts, the band will perform in 19 countries including 7 shows in the UK.
On Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Live:
“Joyous and unexpectedly triumphant” The Guardian ★★★★★
“Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful” The Independent ★★★★★
“An extraordinary response to the unimaginable” The Telegraph ★★★★★

2020 European and UK Tour Dates:

Wednesday 22 April Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal

Thursday 23 April Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal

Saturday 25 April WiZink Center, Madrid, Spain

Sunday 26 April Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain

Wednesday 29 April Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Holland

Thursday 30 April Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium

Saturday 2 May  Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Sunday 3 May Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK

Tuesday 5 May The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK

Wednesday 6 May Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

Friday 8 May 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland

Tuesday 12 May First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK

Thursday 14 May The O2, London, UK

Friday 15 May The O2, London, UK

Sunday 17 May Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany

Monday 18 May Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany

Wednesday 20 May Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark

Thursday 21 May Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday 23 May Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden

Monday 25 May Spektrum, Oslo, Norway

Wednesday 27 May Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany

Thursday 28 May Arena Gliwice, Gliwice, Poland

Saturday 30 May O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

Monday 1 June Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

Tuesday 2 June László Papp Budapest Sportaréna, Budapest, Hungary

Thursday 4 June Stark Arena, Belgrade, Serbia

Saturday 6 June Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany

Monday 8 June Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland

Tuesday 9 June Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy

Thursday 11 June Cavea Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy

Sunday 14 June AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France

Wednesday 17 June Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel

Tickets on sale Friday 25 October at 10am local times at**Paris on sale Monday 28 October at 10am local time*Tel Aviv on sale Tuesday 22 October at 8am local time

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ seventeenth studio album Ghosteen was released digitally on 4 October,  and has been widely received as their best work ever. Vinyl and CD will be released on Friday 8 November, pre-order now at
On Ghosteen:
“…Stunning double album that sets desperation against empathy and faith. On one level, it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s as good as it is…Nevertheless, listening to Ghosteen, it’s very hard indeed not to be taken aback”  The Guardian ★★★★★
“Fantastical splendour” The Times ★★★★★
“Grand in design and filled with rare beauty and profound, poetic lyrics” The Sun ★★★★★ 
“A masterpiece of melancholy” Rolling Stone 4.5 ★★★★
“An extraordinary album brimming with agony, honesty and quiet wonder” The i ★★★★
“Nick Cave is in the form of his life and Ghosteen is one of his greatest ever achievements.” 10/10 The Line of Best Fit
“On his new album, Nick Cave conjures a profound and powerful sense of wonder” The Quietus
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MelodyVR has announced an exclusive UK partnership with mobile operator O2, representing a major development for the virtual reality music company.

The relationship kicks off with MelodyVR unveiled as the exclusive music partner of O2’s 5G UK launch today.

People who sign up to the 5th generation of music custom plan will receive 12 months of access to MelodyVR, allowing them to enjoy the world’s largest library of immersive music performances and a unique schedule of live events, as well as an Oculus Go device.

With MelodyVR, O2 5G customers will now be able to experience music events virtually and won’t miss out on live shows and festivals due to barriers such as distance, cost or ticket availability. Due to 5G, consumers will be able to realise an extremely high-quality MelodyVR experience from their mobile devices, without the need for broadband or Wi-Fi.

The game-changing collaboration with O2 – one of the country’s largest mobile networks with a customer base of 25m – is the latest in a series of big milestones for MelodyVR, all aimed towards significantly increasing the audience of its ground-breaking service. It comes hot on the heels of MelodyVR recently launching on smartphones, supplementing its VR headset offering.

Already the leader in live music virtual reality due to its unparalleled catalogue of real-time and on-demand content, and its relationships with global artists, leading venues and events, the O2 deal will allow more music fans than ever before to be transported from their living rooms, to amazing music performances around the world.

Anthony Matchett, CEO of MelodyVR comments: “O2’s 5th Generation network has the power to enable an entirely new suite of technological advances and experiences that will revolutionise how we all engage with technology. We’re thrilled to be partnering with O2 to deliver incredible music experiences to their customers and we look forward to welcoming even more fans to the MelodyVR platform.”

Nina Bibby, CMO, O2 adds: “Partnering with companies like MelodyVR creates a perfect way for O2 customers to enjoy virtual reality like never before – experiencing legendary gigs from around the world, reliving ones they’ve been to and seeing performances they can’t get to. At O2, we’ve always been a customer led business, with a rich heritage in live music, so the opportunity to create unique experiences like this with MelodyVR, that bring customers closer to the things they love, is fantastic.”

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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Timbaland

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Timbaland

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Timbaland

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Timbaland, an American record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ who is widely regarded as the most successful and influential producer in the history of Hip Hop.

Timbaland has received 13 Grammy Award nominations, winning two, and has produced some of the most important albums of the last 25 years including Nelly Furtado’s ‘Loose’, three Platinum and Multi-Platinum Missy Elliot albums and all of Justin Timberlake’s albums which have reached Number 1 across the world.

‘Loose’, released in 2006, was Nelly Furtado’s first Number 1 album selling over 12 million copies globally and includes the US Number 1 singles ‘Promiscuous’ and ‘Say it Right’ in addition to the iconic Platinum certified ‘Maneater’.

Justin Timberlake’s albums have sold an aggregate 32 million copies globally and include the 2006 hit Songs ‘SexyBack’ which was certified 3x Platinum in the US and reached Number 1 in 9 Countries including the US and UK; ‘My Love’ and ‘What Goes Around…Comes Around’, both Number 1s and certified Platinum in the US as well as the 3x Platinum ‘Suit and Tie’ released in 2012.

The Catalogue also contains Songs performed by some of the biggest global Hip Hop and R&B artists such as AaliyahJay-Z50 CentMadonna, 2 PAC, RihannaOneRepublic and Drake. These include Jay Z’s 4x Platinum ‘Holy Grail’ featuring Justin Timberlake released in 2011 and Aaliyah’s US Number 1 ‘Try Again’ released in 2000.

In addition, Timbaland has had significant commercial success as a solo artist with his 2007 Platinum album ‘Shock Value’ which featured the US Number 1s ‘Give It to Me’ featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake; ‘Apologise’ featuring OneRepublic; and the 3x Platinum ‘The Way I Are’ featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian.

The Timbaland catalogue that Hipgnosis has acquired comprises 108 albums and songs. 

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“Ask any of today’s greatest creators who their biggest influences are and the one name that appears on everybody’s list is Timbaland. His iconic records with Aaliyah, Jay Z, Missy Elliot, Nelly Furtado, and Justin Timberlake amongst many others are iconic and will be remembered forever.” 

Timbaland said: 

Merck is a visionary who I know appreciates the value of my musical life work. My music is in great hands.” 

Gary Marella, Manager to Timbaland, said: 

“It’s important to all creators that their work is in the right hands. Merck’s respect for music creators is unparalleled. We are pleased to have part of Tim’s iconic catalogue with Merck and Hipgnosis.”  

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
J.P. Morgan Cazenove – Joint Corporate BrokerWilliam Simmonds / Ed Murray / Jérémie Birnbaum (Corporate Finance)James Bouverat / Eddie Nissen (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7742 4000
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Pre-sale tickets available tomorrow here
General on-sale Friday 18 October, 8:00AM BST – visit

Following the success of her sold-out, first ever headline tour this summer, Kim Petras is returning to UK and Europe with “The Clarity Tour” in early 2020. The European leg, which sees Kim play her biggest London venue yet at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 11 February, will also include her first headline shows in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. Pre-sale tickets are available tomorrow (15 October) and general on-sale is this Friday 18 October. Full UK and European tour dates below. For ticketing details, visit .
Coinciding with the announcement of “The Clarity Tour”, Kim will premiere the official music video for ‘Icy’ tomorrow, Tuesday 15 October at 2.00PM BST. Watch here. ‘Icy’ – taken from Kim’s critically-lauded project “Clarity” – is Scott Mills’ ‘Tune of The Week’ on BBC Radio 1. The stormy electro-pop break-up anthem, alongside other singles, saw Kim dominate Spotify’s New Music Friday’ and Apple Music’s ‘Best of The Week’ for 10 consecutive weeks. Stream the “Clarity” project here

Kim Petras recently released her Halloween-inspired project “TURN OFF THE LIGHT”, ahead of the spooky season. Stream here. The bloodthirsty 17-track project includes five new spine-chilling singles including ‘There Will Be Blood’, plus tracks from her critically-acclaimed “TURN OFF THE LIGHT Vol. 1”. Additionally, with the limited edition pink swirl version selling out at Urban Outfitters, “TURN OFF THE LIGHT Vol. 1” is now available on vinyl in neon pink via Amazon. Order here. Kim also features on ‘How It’s Done’ with Kash Doll, ALMA and Stefflon Don – the anthemic opening track from the forthcoming Charlie’s Angels original motion picture soundtrack.
2019 has been an explosive year for Kim which saw the rising pop sensation sell-out her first ever headline shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne before headlining Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. While in Australia, Kim also made a pop-up appearance to perform alongside Rita Ora on her “Phoenix World Tour”. In the summer, Kim played her first UK festivals Reading & Leeds festivals, and Manchester Pride, alongside Ariana Grande. While in the UK, Kim played a sold-out headline show at London’s Heaven, attracting rave reviews.

With 2018’s ‘Heart to Break’, Kim established herself as a pop force to watch for. The German-born artist has racked up over 215 million global streams to date, earning her admirers like Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. Kim, who is a self-directing independent artist and songwriter, debuted with the #1 Spotify Global Viral 50 bop ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, which features a cameo by Paris Hilton in the music video. Since then, the singer-songwriter’s trajectory has boomed, seeing her tapped for collaborations with Charli XCXSOPHIECheat Codes and MAX.

24 January – Melkweg Main Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands
26 January – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
27 January – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
29 January – Metropol, Berlin, Germany
30 January – Zappa, Antwerp, Germany
1 February – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
2 February – Le Trianon, Paris, France
4 February – Academy Dublin, Ireland
5 February – Garage, Glasgow, Scotland
7 February – Academy 2, Birmingham, United Kingdom
8 February – Academy 2, Manchester, United Kingdom
11 February – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, United Kingdom

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Last night, Classic FM Live welcomed a star-studded array of musicians from Decca Records to the iconic stage of the Royal Albert Hall.

What continues to set Decca apart from the rest is its innate ability to cherry pick the finest talent from all ages and backgrounds, and yesterday’s line up was a testament to this. Staged by Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, the concert featured artists from the young pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, part of the incredibly gifted and hardworking Kanneh-Mason family, to Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery, who at 89 years young, is nearly as old as Decca itself!

Both epitomise the diversity of Decca, and produced incredible performances to a packed-out audience. This was Colin’s debut at the Royal Albert Hall, but given the fervour for his rendition of “I Vow To Thee My Country”, expect it not to be the last. Isata similarly made her debut solo appearance at London’s landmark venue, showcasing her prowess behind the piano as she reworked two pieces from Chopin.

Broadcaster and chart-topping choirmaster Gareth Malone exclusively announced on stage the news of his forthcoming album, Music For Healing – which will see him return to his first instrument, the piano. He looked completely at ease behind the keys, performing the stunning album tracks “January” and “December”.

Talented British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, fusing jazz and classical music to conjure up images of 1920s Manhattan – conducted by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Stephen Barlow.

Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence Debbie Wiseman OBE offered a world premiere of the “Decca Anthem”, with the song’s melody built on the notes D, E, C, C, A, and featuring a Latin text inspired by the pioneering qualities of the label. It was a truly beautiful body of work that had the audience on its feet from one of the UK’s most successful female composers.

As the spectacular fireworks display closed out the evening, it offered time to reflect on what’s been an incredible year of celebrations for Decca’s 90thbirthday. The label has featured at iconic British institutions such as the V&A Museum, The British Library and the Royal Albert Hall, published the gorgeous The Supreme Record Company: The Story Of Decca Records 1929-2019 bookreleased the critically-acclaimed Ron Howard-directed Pavarotti feature film – and there’s still even more to come, including an appearance at the Cheltenham International Book Festival this week.

Looking at last night’s incredible performers and to the countless other current stars at Decca, the future of the label looks to be as exciting, exhilarating and unpredictable as its eminent past.

Classic FM Live will be broadcast tonight from 8pm to 10pm on Classic FM, available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio, at and on the Classic FM and Global Player apps.

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